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Places to See in Tibet

Norbulingka Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama

Constructed in the 18th century, the Norbulingka served as the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. This delightful palace, filled with beautiful gardens, ornamental ponds and fountains, is located on the western part of Lhasa, on the banks of the Kyichu River. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace complex has four palaces and a monastery and decorative pavilions.  Tibetan families usually love to spend their leisure hours sitting at the grassy lawn of this beautiful palace. The Shoton Festival or the Yoghurt Festival is celebrated on the grounds of the Norbulingka Palace. The festival is celebrated on the seventh month of the Tibetan lunar calendar (July or August). This is a week-lo...

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Explore Drepung Monastery

Located around eight kilometers west of Lhasa, at the foot of Mount Gephel is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means ‘rice heap’ in Tibetan. The monastery was named ‘Drepung’ because its white buildings looked like ‘rice heaps’ on the brown hillside.  One of the largest and an important Gelugpa monastery, Drepung Monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden.  At the height of its popularity it was the largest Buddhist monastery in the world and housed more than 7,000 monks. Many learned monks residing at this monastery created important Buddhist literature. The Ganden Phodrang at the monastery used to be the official residence of the ...

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Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of Tibet’s most important Gelug monasteries. Located around two kilometers north of Lhasa, It is an ancient university monastery where monks receive higher education from learned lamas. The monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojay Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa  (the founder of the Gelugpa Sect). ‘Sera’ in Tibetan means ‘wild rose’. The monastery was named Sera because there were a lot of wild roses blooming around the hill where the monastery was built. The huge monastery is divided into three sections – the assembly hall, the college where the monks receive education and the dormitories or the living and d...

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Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Tibet. Located in Lhasa, the temple was built during the reign of Emperor Songsten Gampo. The temple was built to house the statues of Buddha brought by his two wives – Princess Bhrikuti from Nepal and Princess Wencheng from China. The oldest part of the temple dates back to 652 AD. The temple showcases over 3000 images of Lord Buddha and rare Buddhist religious texts. The walls of the temple are covered with beautiful murals depicting scenes from the life of Lord Buddha and Buddhist deities.  ...

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Walk around Barkhor Square

Take a walk around the busy Barkhor Square. The street around the square is filed with shops selling souvenir items.  You will find a lot of Tibetan pilgrims prostrating and circumambulating around the Jokhang Temple that lies at the centre of the square. Barkhor Square is a good place to observe the locals and the local traders.  This has been an important spot for Tibetans living in Lhasa as this was where they used to congregate to observe important occasions. Take your camera with you as the place offers plenty of photo opportunities. ...

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